The ABS ACADEMY is held in the San Francisco Conservatory of Music

The ABS Academy takes place at the
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
50 Oak Street (near Van Ness Avenue & Market Street)
San Francisco CA 94102

The American Bach Soloists Academy is held in the spectacular facilities of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, in the heart of San Francisco's arts district. Davies Symphony Hall (home of the San Francisco Symphony), the War Memorial Opera House (home of the San Francisco Opera and San Francisco Ballet), and Herbst Theatre (one of San Francisco's finest concert and recital venues) are just a three-minute walk from the Conservatory. Two primary public transportation hubs, linking to SF Muni and BART, are less than one minute away. And the upscale neighborhood of Hayes Valley offers a plethora of dining and shopping experiences for all budgets and tastes.

The Conservatory's new location, opened in Fall 2006, contains state-of-the-art performance venues, classrooms, practice rooms, and teaching studios. The Concert Hall is a dramatic space created in a renovated, historic grand ballroom, and accommodates audiences of up to 450 people. The extraordinary and intimate Sol H. Joseph Recital Hall seats up to 140 and is specifically designed for chamber music, small ensemble performances and recitals by faculty and students. The Osher Salon is a versatile jewel-box for student recitals, ensemble performances, opera staging and blocking rehearsals, classes, lectures, special meetings, and events, and seats up to 120.

Housing in San Francisco's Civic Center & Hayes Valley Neighborhoods

Hayes Valley offers some of San Francisco's finest dining and lively after-concert pubs, cafes, and bistros. A few minutes walk to the west is the famed Haight/Ashbury district, the Castro, and a short walk to the south is trendy SOMA.

Some of San Francisco's most splendid public architecture can be found in the Civic Center area of San Francisco. The recently renovated, domed City Hall and the War Memorial Opera House epitomize Beaux Arts style, while the fan-shaped modern edifice of Davies Symphony Hall joins the new Asian Art Museum as complimentary architectural designs.

Housing at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music's Bowes Center
Bowes Center Dormitory
Bowes Center Dormitory

The ABS Academy is pleased to offer affordable accommodations and dining options in the S.F. Conservatory's new Bowes Center designed by Mark Cavagnero Associates (MCA), a socially and environmentally conscious architecture firm known for civic and institutional projects in San Francisco. The 170,000 square foot "vertical campus" style facility at 200 Van Ness Avenue is just a four minute walk from the ABS Academy site at 50 Oak Street.

Housing costs for 15 nights in a single occupancy bedroom in a 2-person suite with common area, bath, and kitchenette are $1,950. Optional breakfast is $187.50 for the two-week period. 

For more information, send email to our Academy Administrator.

Each two-person suite includes:

  • Living room with table, chairs, and a couch
  • Kitchenette with a microwave oven, refrigerator, and a freezer
  • WiFi
  • Individually controlled heat and air conditioning
  • Semi-private bath (shared by two occupants) in each suite

Community Amenities

  • A student lounge with café and study spaces
  • Dining plan option (breakfast) is available
  • Practice rooms on each floor (Note that this is in addition to the practicing permitted in student units)
  • 24/7 access to practice and rehearsal spaces with self-recording capabilities on academic floors
  • A student resource center for individual studying and group meetings
  • A roof terrace with views of historic San Francisco City Hall and Civic Center
  • Laundry facilities on each floor
  • On-site bike storage

PO Box 421986
San Francisco, CA 94142-1986


Email: academy@americanbach.org 
Phone: +1 (415) 621 7900 
Fax: +1 (415) 621 7920